According to CNN, an Arizona-based meat producer JBS Tolleson Inc. is recalling 6,5 million pounds of "various raw, non-intact beef products" due to an outbreak of salmonella, the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Thursday
. The recall was issued after health officials identified JBS as the common supplier of raw ground beef products found to be the "probable source" of reported salmonella illnesses.
Fifty-seven cases of salmonella illness linked to this outbreak were reported in 16 states
between August 5 and September 6. CT is not one of them, however the product was sold nationwide under brand names Walmart, Cedar River Farms Natural Beef, and others. The recalled products
were packaged between July 26 and September 7 and the USDA inspection mark on the packaging of the recalled products contains the establishment number "EST. 267."
Symptoms of salmonella usually begin 12 to 72 hours of consuming contaminated food and can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever that last between 4-7 days.
The Glastonbury Health Director passes along the advice that residents who may have some of the suspect product at home should discard it, even if someone has already consumed it without getting ill as some people are more susceptible to infection than others.
As noted above, there haven't been any cases identified in CT yet but the Town wanted to pass this information along since the product was sold nationwide. More information can be found in the CNN article here.